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instrumentalist

[in-struh-men-tl-ist] /ˌɪn strəˈmɛn tl ɪst/
noun
1.
a person who plays a musical instrument.
2.
an advocate of instrumentalism.
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or advocating instrumentalism.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; instrumental + -ist
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  • Yet it is the second, instrumentalist view that has recently been the dominant one.
  • It is the less instrumentalist iterations that inspire the imagination.
  • As an instrumentalist, he has enormous ambition, and is devoted to the idea that the guitar can be orchestral in reach.
  • Everyone in the band is a multi-instrumentalist, so it gave everybody an opportunity and it gave us ideas of mixing and matching.
  • Phil is a singer and instrumentalist on banjo, guitar, and mandolin.
British Dictionary definitions for instrumentalist

instrumentalist

/ˌɪnstrəˈmɛntəlɪst/
noun
1.
a person who plays a musical instrument
2.
(philosophy) a person who believes in the doctrines of instrumentalism
adjective
3.
of or relating to instrumentalism
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Word Origin and History for instrumentalist
n.

1823, from instrumental in the musical sense + -ist.

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